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Members' Stories

Practicing Buddhism yields tangible effects within an individual’s daily life.

One person’s experiences of overcoming problems or achieving their goals can serve as inspiration for another to positively challenge his or her own circumstances.

This selection of experiences illustrates the process of "human revolution" in action--how an individual's inner-motivated transformation sparks changes in their life and circumstances.

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Lulu McLennan, U.K.

“I want to make even more of a difference with my life from this moment onwards.”

Lulu McLennan, U.K.

  • Yaliwe Clarke

    Moved by the Buddhist principle of the sanctity of life, Yaliwe Clarke from South Africa works to promote gender equality and the peace and security of African women.

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  • Kate Wiggins

    Through her Buddhist practice, Kate Wiggins learns how to transform her experience of being a victim of violence to help those at an emergency shelter for abused women and their children.

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  • Nicki James

    Through fighting to change a genetically inherited illness, Nicki James received extraordinary proof of the power of deep prayer.

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  • Enza Pellecchia

    Enza Pellecchia, Italy, teacher of peace studies, has found a way to utilize her skills and passions for the sake of peace

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  • Amy Yomiko Vittor

    Amy Yomiko Vittor, USA, inspired by Buddhist philosophy, studied the link between human health and the environment and followed her dream of making a truly lasting contribution

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  • Enid Trevett

    Enid Trevett, Scotland, was able to find her unique purpose in life, becoming an advocate for the Earth Charter and contributing to the development of her community

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  • Elizabeth Penioso Pernites

    Elizabeth Penioso Pernites talks about how her Buddhist practice has enabled her to uncover great potential in the midst of challenges at work

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  • Barbara Paterson

    After Barbara Paterson moved to Nambia, she was able to revive her dream of conducting research into marine conservation as a way to directly contribute to Nambian society

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  • Paul Makwati

    Paul Makwati from Zambia talks about how practicing Buddhism helped him develop more self-confidence and respect for his life

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  • Tripti Tandon

    Tripti Tandon, a lawyer working for a nongovernmental organization in India that strives to protect and promote human rights, talks about how her Buddhist practice helped her gain confidence

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  • Julie Bygraves

    Julie Bygraves, an environmental policymaker in the UK, describes how her Buddhist practice helped her take a more proactive approach to life

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  • Yongjie Yon

    Yongjie Yon describes how practicing Buddhism enabled him to transform his shyness and lack of confidence into conviction and contribution to society

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  • Two experiences from Japanese farmers about gaining inspiration and a deep sense of mission to contribute to society through reading SGI President Ikeda's writings

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  • Sudhansu Majumdar

    Sudhansu Majumdar from India achieved a childhood dream, living in the Arctic. The conditions are challenging, but applying the principles of Buddhism he treats every obstacle as an opportunity to grow

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  • Hisako Nojo

    Using her experience of her mother's battle with Alzheimer's disease, Hisako Nojo developed the compassion to help others in similar situations

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